Earlier this year, a temporary pavilion in the grounds of London's famous Serpentine Gallery, designed by Burkinabe Francis Kere, was given a lavish opening and generated a crescendo of plaudits from critics.
Every year the gallery invites one outstanding global architect to design the pavilion; an honour and a privilege that is very keenly sought after the world over. This was the first time that an African was chosen.
Kere, who runs his own architecture firm from Berlin, is among a handful of globally outstanding architects, like David Adjaye, Kunle Adeyemi, Mokena Makeka and Mphethi Morojele, but none of them have backgrounds that are rural or indeed traditional. Kere's unique and extraordinary achievement is to negotiate both worlds--the global and the indigenous.